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On this centre based walking holiday explore the dramatic peaks, valleys and lakes of stunning Slovenia. Uncover Triglav National Park's natural and cultural wonders, with walks to beautiful waterfalls, natural gorges and traditional farming villages.
Explore Tour Leader
7 nights comfortable hotel
Leisurely and Moderate
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Our trip begins in the Arrivals Hall at Ljubljana J oze Pucnik Airport (LJU) at 21.45 pm. The latest time you should book a flight to arrive, to ensure you make this joining time, is 21.20pm. We will travel together as a group to our hotel at Lake Bohinj which will take approximately one hour .
Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park is the largest lake in Slovenia, the vast blue-green waters are surrounded by spruce forest and the awesome Julian Alps. The lake is less developed, unspoilt and considered by many more beautiful than its northerly cousin, Lake Bled.
Arriving at Lake Bohinj we settle into our chalet-style hotel. Our comfortable base for the week is the family ran Hotel Kristal located a short walk from the lake, with views to Mt Triglav. The hotel offers typical Slovenian hospitality with a welcoming lounge, sauna and garden.
If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may have time to wait ahead of our group transfer tour hotel at Lake Bohinji. You can make the most of this time by taking the airport bus into Ljubljana, Slovenia's laid back capital. The journey takes 45 minutes, there is luggage storage available at the main bus station on arrival into the city. This ancient city, which dates back to the 12th century, is located on the emerald green Ljubljanica River. It is a pedestrian friendly city, which has much to offer, the centre is traffic free with bicycles free of charge to use instead. Explore the old town with its museums and castle or soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere in one of its many riverside cafes and restaurants.
Hotel Kristal (or similar)
Setting off from the hotel, we walk around the north side of Lake Bohinj on a gently undulating forest trail. When we reach the west end of the lake we follow the trail towards the Savica Waterfall, gradually climbing to 653 metres. The waterfall is fed by underground rivers hidden in the limestone karst; its impressive torrent is 78 metres high. We head back down towards the lake along the same path and you can either choose to walk back to the hotel following the lake trail or take a boat which runs from one end of the lake to the other (this is included).
Today's leisurely grade 15 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately five-and-a-half hours with a total ascent and descent of 350 metres along good paths, some steps.
Today we take a half-hour bus ride to Milno on the shores of Lake Bled, from here we set off to explore the countryside around the lake. Our journey takes us on quiet paths through rolling country of forests, fields and villages. Finally a short but steep climb leads to a fantastic view point of the lake from afar. After lunch we return to the lake by a different route. Here where you can choose to extend the walk by going around the lake itself, or take the bus back to the hotel.
Today's moderate grade 13 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately five-and-a-half hours with a total ascent and descent of 600 metres.
Today is a free day to relax around the hotel, you can hire bikes and/or kayaks from the lakeside or explore the region further.
There is the option to take the public bus to Lake Bled where you can take a rowing boat out onto the lake to visit the castle or walk through the Vintgar Gorge. The gorge is 1,600 metres long, carved by the Ravnova River. There is a wooden walkway along the gorge which allows you to get as close as possible to nature; the walkway criss-crosses the river four times, hovering over waterfalls, rapids and pools.
Today's optional leisurely grade 12 kilometre walk along the Vintgar Gorge is expected to take approximately four-and-a-half hours.
This morning we take a local bus along the Bohinj Valley to the village of Brod. We begin our walk heading over a low ridge, through woods, to find meadows filled with wildflowers on a plateau with farmland below. We descend through open country to reach the small farming villages of Srednja Vas, Studor and Stara Fuzina. There's time to explore these picturesque, traditional places before making our way back to Lake Bohinj, along farm tracks and quiet roads.
Today's leisurely grade 11.5 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately five hours with a total ascent and descent of 375 metres along good paths and minor roads.
We walk along the southern shore of Lake Bohinj to the cable car station and then take the cable car from 569m to 1533m in a few minutes for wonderful views over the lake and the mountains beyond. We hike above the ski centre towards Orlove Glave, which is above the tree-line, and we may see or hear a marmot. The views towards the high mountains are stunning and we should be able to see Mt Triglav when it is clear. We return to the cable car station and a quick return to the valley floor. We can then take the bus or hike back to the hotel.
Today's moderate grade 10 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately four to five hours with a total ascent and descent of 200 metres, along some rough paths with brief steep climbs.
We walk from the hotel, through an attractive village, and then alongside a white-water river through beautiful sections of gorge. Passing a cafe in a hut we can take a break and sample some of the local cakes. We continue on through the Voje Valley with pastures and chalets. In May the area is carpeted with beautiful wild flowers with have fine views of steep hills and limestone outcrops enroute to Mostnica waterfall. The two kilometre long Mostnica Gorge is the most spectacular gorge in Bohinj. Carved out by the crystal clear Mostnica stream, it's only a few metres wide but its towering walls are 20 metres high. We head back along different paths with fabulous views through pastures, forest, riverside and village to reach the lake.
Today's moderate grade 16.5 kilometre walk is expected to take approximately seven and-a-half hours with a total ascent and descent of 350 metres along good paths.
On our final day you can either have free time to enjoy the many activities on the lake, or your trip Leader will offer an optional morning walk to Bohinjska Bistrica, getting the public bus back to the hotel. There will still be plenty of time before our afternoon departure to Ljubljana Airport. Please note you will need to vacate your room by 10am, luggage can be left in the hotel.
We will depart for Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport (LJU) at 6 pm to arrive about 7 pm and this is where our trip ends. The earliest your flight can depart is 9 pm. Should you need to reach the airport earlier in the day, the easiet option is to take a taxi from Lake Bohinj to Ljubljana Airport which should cost in the region of €80.00 EUR.
Today's optional leisurely grade seven kilometre walk is expected to take approximately three hours.
Total distance : 47 miles
Slovenia has a continental climate, with warm summers and the possibility of some rain in the Julian Alps. There is an average of 5-6 hours of sunshine in April, May, June and September and 7-8 hours in July and August. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. In the capital, Ljubljana, in spring and autumn temperatures average at around 15°C, with April being cooler at around 9°C, and in summer the temperatures average at 20°C.
2 Pin Round
Public bus from Airport to Ljubljana city centre €4.10 each way Luggage storage at Ljubljana bus station €3.50 per day up to 30kg Boat across Lake Bohinj - €12 Bike hire, Lake Bohinj - €5 one hour, €12 half day and €16 full day. Kayak hire, Lake Bohinj - €7 one hour, €19 half day and €25 full day. Guided €40 per hour per person. Bus to Lake Bled - €3.60 each way. The buses run from outside the hotel, every hour and take approx 30mins. Shuttle bus from Bled Castle and Bled station to the Vintgar Gorge - €1 each way Rowing boat, Lake Bled - €15 for an hour, 3 people per boat Boat trip, Lake Bled - €14 (traditional Plenta boat return to the church) Public bus from Bohinji to to Ljubliana - €10 each way (takes approx. 2hrs each way) Sauna in hotel - €30 for 2 hours for 1-4 people. The cost can be split between a small group of up to 4.
Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. The weather conditions in the mountains can be changeable, and it can become cool, especially at night, so bring warmer layers. Tops made from wicking materials which keep you drier and warmer are recommended as a base layer, and walking trousers are preferable to trousers of heavier material such as jeans. A waterproof jacket is essential at all times in case of rain and wind. -Breathable wind and waterproof jacket -Waterproof trousers -T-shirts -Long sleeved tops -Sunhat -Long trousers -Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them) -Swimwear and towel -Midlayer Fleece/pullover -Socks (liner and thicker pair) -Insulated jacket -Warm hat, gloves and scarf or buff
We recommend you bring well-worn in walking boots - leather or fabric are both fine. In addition please take comfortable trainershoes or sandals for the evenings. If you choose the kayaking option on day four, you'll need shoes that you don't mind getting wet. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.
Bring one main piece of luggage and a 20-30 litre day sack is recommended. You will need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, water and picnic lunch. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.
-Sunglasses -Sun cream -Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb) -Camera -Walking poles (if you usually use them) -Personal toiletries -Personal first aid kit - On each walk a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. -Insect repellent -Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone) -Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore -Lunch bag/Tupperware (for packed lunches)
Bus, Cable Car
The Hotel Kristal is a small friendly family-run hotel, in typical alpine chalet style, offering great Slovenian hospitality. There is a good restaurant, inviting bar and lounge area, a wellness centre and a lovely garden, perfect for relaxing in after a days walking. The en suite rooms are comfortable and modern; with Wi-Fi throughout. Situated 500 metres from Lake Bohinj, with views of the surrounding mountains, it is an ideal base for a week's walking. Please note that the single rooms available at the hotel are smaller single occupancy rooms unless a single occupancy twin room is requested (subject to surcharge).
Can you drink the water?
It is generally possible to drink the local tap water, therefore to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle with you. Your leader will advise you on refill points each day.
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